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January 9, 2013

The Blue Line Report: History Repeating Itself

Can the Panthers hockey team follow in football squad's footsteps?

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Many of the Danvers hockey team’s players have decided to go the ‘Boardwalk Empire’ route this season, wearing scalley caps (long a staple of The Blue Line Report’s wardrobe) and top coats over their shirts and ties to and from games.

Dan McKenna has taken it a step further.

As the team’s student manager, McKenna wanted to make an impression on the defending Northeastern Conference North champions this season. So from the first day of practice, the senior and all-star golfer has dressed to the nines, even showing up in a suit on game days.

“He’s a great kid who’s really into it,” Danvers head coach Kevin Brown said of ‘Dapper Dan’. “He grew up playing hockey in town and is friends with a lot of our guys, and he wanted to be part of it all. He lugs the sticks, the pucks, the water ... all of it wearing a suit. It’s a different way of doing things, but it’s great.”

McKenna is one of three managers for the Falcons, joining Corey O’Keefe (who was recently seen riding the Zamboni while posing and waving to fans during a recent intermission at Salem State) and of course, the unofficial Mayor of Danvers, long-time sports manager Eddie Moore.

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Two huge games on the docket for St. John’s Prep this week, starting tonight at UMass Boston against host B.C. High (5-0-2). Saturday night, it’s back into city when the Eagles meet Catholic Memorial (8-1) at Walter Brown Arena on the BU campus.

Not only are these two Catholic Conference clashes big in terms of league standings for St. John’s (5-1), but they also offer a stark contrast in styles and will challenge coach Kristian Hanson’s club in very different ways.

Tonight’s foes from B.C. High have the state’s best goaltender in Peter Cronin and like to play defensive minded games; it’s what allowed the Dorchester school to defeat the Prep (3-2) in last year’s Super 8 semifinals, and a tactic they’ll no doubt employ again tonight. B.C. High has only surrendered six goals in seven games, have three shutouts and haven’t given up more than two goals to an opponent as of yet.

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